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More holes in social roles

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 August 2009

Douglas T. Kenrick
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287-1104.
Vladas Griskevicius
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


Given the strength of Archer's case for a sexual selection account, he is too accommodating of the social roles alternative. We present data on historical changes in violent crime contradicting that perspective, and discuss recent evidence showing how an evolutionary perspective predicts sex similarities and differences responding in a flexible and functional manner to adaptively relevant triggers across different domains.

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